Bella Figura

by Yasmina Reza
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier
World Premiere


German translation by Thomas Ostermeier and Florian Borchmeyer

A man and a woman in a car-park outside a country restaurant. She, single mother and pharmaceutical technician Andrea, is still in the car. Her lover, glazing entrepreneur Boris, is trying to persuade her to get out – despite the faux pas he has just committed: mentioning the fact that this restaurant was recommended to him by his wife... »Bella Figura« explores the evening that follows this fatal mistake. A short while later, another couple enters the scene: Eric and Françoise, accompanied by Eric’s mother, Yvonne. It soon transpires that they are connected to the first couple in an unfortunate way.
This play is almost entirely set in the open air, on a day which is drawing to a close. I have never told stories in my plays so it should come as no great surprise that this is still the case. Unless you consider the faltering, heaving fabric of life itself to be a story. (Yasmina Reza)

For the first time, Thomas Ostermeier stages a play by Yasmina Reza. The author wrote the work specifically for the Schaubühne ensemble. 

>>> Essay about the production in Pearson's Preview: Beautiful Corpses and Yasmina Reza’s »Bella Figura«

Direction: Thomas Ostermeier
Stage Design: Jan Pappelbaum
Costume Design: Florence von Gerkan
Music: Malte Beckenbach
Video: Guillaume Cailleau, Benjamin Krieg
Dramaturgy: Florian Borchmeyer
Light Design: Marie-Christine Soma / Erich Schneider

Andrea: Nina Hoss
Boris Amette: Mark Waschke
Françoise Hirt: Stephanie Eidt
Eric Blum: Renato Schuch
Yvonne Blum: Lore Stefanek

Duration: ca. 120 minutes

Premiered on 16 May 2015


Tour Dates

Paris (November 2015)


Original Musik von Malte Beckenbach
Weitere Instrumente: Christian Weidner (Altsaxophon, Sopransaxophon), Max von Mosch (Tenorsaxophon), Karl-Ivar Refseth (Vibraphon), Andi Haberl (Schlagzeug)